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Transom:
This poem is full of things that have both literal and metaphoric life, and their relationships get more and more elaborate as the poem progresses. Did you start with the abstractions (Inspiration, love, pride, beauty) and build the world, or start with the world and build toward the abstractions? Or both?

Bear:
I do both, but in this case, the world came first. I started with the painting “Komposition mit Wespe (Composition with Wasp)” by Mirko Schallenberg and then went beyond the painting, which has no male or female in the frame and the poem is not bound by the moment of the painting other than as a starting point (hence no attribution to the artist). 

Transom:

Is love a city?

Bear:
I think love as a city is a really good metaphor! —It contains all the complexities that real love has.